Niagara Gazette — With such an approach in mind, board member Richard Sirianni advised Fusco of where he thinks there could possibly be some wiggle room in the current budget for a little cost savings. He said an administrator told him the high school is operating with one too many assistant principals.
“Now that this last budget is done, we need to start undercutting the budget this year,” he said. “I think we need to investigate if we have one too many administrators in the high school. I think it would be negligent of this board if we didn’t investigate.”
Sirianni added he didn’t support cutting an administrator, only investigating the possibility.
While Sirianni said it was a high school administrator who informed him of the oversight, Timothy Carter, principal of the high school, said the exact opposite when asked by the Niagara Gazette for comment.
He said the high school is operating below desired staff already, given the responsibilities of the high school’s leaders. He said talking to other districts with a like-sized student body, Niagara-Wheatfield’s roughly 1,250 high school students would benefit from having one additional administrator.
“There was a reduction last year of one assistant principal,” he said. “We only have two. Frankly, I’m surprised a board member would make that comment. Any administrator or anyone who’s worked at the high school would tell you we’re operating at lean capacity last year and for this school year. For a population of (1,250) kids, we’re low.”Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.